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Hi folks,
My daughter has just finished secondary education and turns 18 in February. I have always paid child maintenance.
In March she will commence uni. From looking at the victorian legal aid site, i understand i am to pay adult child maintenance for the term of her uni education which i have no problem with.
Previously with child maintenance i could just go to the calculator on the human services website and it would give an amount to pay.
Is there a similar site where you can calculate how much to pay for adult child maintenance?
Your advice appreciated.
I believe that you will only have to pay child support until the child turns 18.

The other parent could apply for this to be extended BUT only if the child is still in full time secondary education, which appears to not be the case as you say the child has finished secondary education.

The CS Guide - 2.5.5 Application to Have an Assessment Continue Past a Child's 18th Birthday said
A carer entitled to child support for a child who is turning 18 can apply to extend a child support assessment (including one based on an agreement) provided the child will be in full-time secondary education on their 18th birthday. The child support assessment can be extended until the last day of the secondary school year that falls within 365 days (i.e. a year) of the child's 18th birthday. Where the period of 365 days of the child's 18th birthday includes the end of 2 school years (e.g. the child's 18th birthday is 5 days before the end of Year 11 and 350 days before the end of Year 12), the assessment or agreement can be extended to the last day of the earlier school year (Year 11) as this is the relevant school year in which the child turned 18.

http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/2/5/5

Note the following from the guide :-

The CS Guide - said
A secondary school includes a school, TAFE college or any other educational institution which provides full-time secondary education. A secondary school also includes a school that caters for the needs of children with learning difficulties and provides a form of education that is not tertiary education.

There is a Child Support calculator on this site. However, the core values haven't been updated for the last few years. Even still the same formula applies so the calculation would be the same (just provide another date so the child is say 17).

The above assumes that there is no court order to the contrary.


 
Cheers.  I realize child support cover is finished and then comes under the family court Act. As my daughter will be at uni(paying her hecs), i will make a contribution to her day to day expenses.  This is fine as that if we were an 'intact' family, i would be doing that.
She will be getting a part time job and  she lives practically full time with her mother.
Was just enquiring about a $ calculator as a guide.
bulldogboy said
Cheers.  I realize child support cover is finished and then comes under the family court Act. As my daughter will be at uni(paying her hecs), i will make a contribution to her day to day expenses.  This is fine as that if we were an 'intact' family, i would be doing that.
She will be getting a part time job and she lives practically full time with her mother.
Was just enquiring about a $ calculator as a guide.
The Family Law Act (IF this is what you mean by the 'family court Act' ) deals and relies on (in the main) the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989. Child maintenance is handled in two Federal Acts both the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 AND hand in glove, the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988.

Hecs (applied against future taxable earnings) is applied to all course fees but not much else. Accommodation at university hostels and dorms may be subsidised by Centrelink depending on her circumstances and income. She also has her own part-time income.

The site calculator does not deal with an Assesment where an officer is looking at the scenario described and deals with many types of 'standard' child support cases and either single or multi-family cases. It does not deal with cases where there is an application to the department for a change to assessment or departure from the payment regime under one of the ten reasons.

That sort of calculator is beyond any of our talented developers and moderators as it relies on the sole discretion of an assessment officer in the Child Support Program or at the AAT (Having received facts, figures, truths and mistruths from both sides in support) and if that is not palatable, then the Federal Circuit Court Judges would make a determination.

However, in your case, as Mike has already pointed out the cut off unless there are other factors such as disability or other special needs,  is at the age of 18 OR when the child completes secondary school. To be clear a secondary school includes a school, TAFE college or any other educational institution which provides full-time secondary education. A secondary school also includes a school that caters for the needs of children with learning difficulties and provides a form of education that is not tertiary education.

Act references
CSA Act section 5, section 12, section 34B, section 84, section 93, section 151B, section 151C, section 151D and section 151E
FL Act section 66E

Coming to the point a proper answer is that you are not required by law to provide further child support in this case but it is good that you can… AND
There is no calculator that would assist except that if you want to look at what a child support rate might look like you could use our calculater even though the annual average earnings rate has not been updated in a while.

Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
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